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NDLON REACTION to 8-day Extension by U.S. Supreme Court

Los Angeles, CA—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to deny a thirty-day extension request by the 26 states blocking DAPA and DACA 2.0, which would have effectively "run out the clock", Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement:

"The decision today appears to recognize the urgency of the situation, both for immigrants and for the country. Like the nativists in Congress blocking reform, the plaintiffs in this case seek to block progress by silencing immigrants and depriving them of political equality, but they will be on the losing side of history.

"The status quo is cruel, unjust, and discriminatory. We must continue to seek relief by every means available. No one at this point should be relying exclusively on Washington for relief. We must confront the unjust status quo at every detention center and locality where ICE has inserted its unconstitutional overreach.

"When the President was moved by communities across the country to take initial steps to stop deportations, the momentum did not come from Washington, DC, it came from the bottom up. Moving forward will be no different. It is time again for immigrants' voices to be heard."

** NDLON Legal Staff Available for Comment ** 

For background on the President's legal authority to advance DAPA, 

See NDLON's "Si Se Puede" Rule-Making Petition from November 2014



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November 16, 2015 ...

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NDLON REACTION: Following Decision, Onus is Back on President to Take Action

Los Angeles, CA—In response to the 5th Circuit Court's decision to uphold the injunction blocking implementation of DAPA and DACA 2.0, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement:

"The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals got it wrong today. But this is not the last word from a court on this issue. It will only amplify the call to action for immigrant workers and families. Their demand for justice, equality and a decent life must not be obstructed by more delays and political wrangling.

"President Obama spent years enacting a brutal deportation policy, and waited far too long to announce DAPA. He should not compound that error by delaying an appeal of this erroneous decision, nor should he allow the coarsening of political rhetoric about immigrants to deter him from taking additional steps using existing authority to ameliorate the injustice facing immigrants.

"Just as the choice was never between 'comprehensive immigration reform or administrative relief,' the choices facing the President today are not 'DAPA or nothing.' The President's own misguided deportation policy contributed to the criminalizing rhetoric we are now hearing from Republican candidates, and we hope his actions going forward are not guided by partisan politics. Immigrants have been scapegoated and used as an election issue for too long. The President should use his remaining months in office to undo much of the damage he did by pursuing a failed 'CIR or nothing' strategy.

"The Fifth Circuit got one thing right in recognizing that undocumented immigrants must have a voice in this lawsuit. We welcome the court's decision to allow immigrants represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) to intervene. This lawsuit is, in the end, a dispute between 26 nativist governors and the 'Deporter-in-Chief.' The three undocumented immigrants represented by MALDEF carry with them the interests and hopes of 11 million immigrants who deserve political equality. While equality demands relief from unjust deportation and access to work authorization papers, it also requires equal access to redress from harm in federal courts. I have no doubt Jane Does 1 through 3 will ultimately prevail."

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Wind of the Spirit supports ...

Dear friends,

Over the past several weeks, nail salon owners have been pushing back against the newly-implemented wage bond for employers. Nail salon workers—primarily Latina and Asian immigrants—are regularly exposed to various safety and health hazards and wage theft on the job. A recent NYS investigation in NYS nail salons revealed that out of 182 salons that were inspected, 42% had wage and hour or overtime violations. In addition, there were over 900 violations in these salons, nearly half of which were for safety and health violations.

Needless to say, this industry needs better regulation; which is exactly what our Coalition won when Governor Cuomo signed precedent-setting legislation this summer. But still, businesses are pushing back against the law, with their most vocal advocate, Assembly member Ron Kim. We’re asking that you join us—NYCOSH, Adhikaar, and Workers’ United (SEIU)—as we mobilize our allies in support of much-needed worker-friendly New York State.

We are at a critical moment in our State’s history. A momentwhere a $15 minimum wage has been introduced, whereinnovative solutions are being created to worker exploitation. Let’s not let employers and their anti-union law firms stop our momentum. We are winning. Help us as we continue to win.

 

Please join us in getting your union/organization to sign onto the letter (below) to Assemblymember Kim, and stay tuned for other solidarity actions.

 

Thank you,

 

Charlene Obernauer

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September 18, 2015

 

Dear Assemblyman Kim:

 

We are deeply concerned about your recent advocacy for nail salon owners.  We ask that you reconsider your position on the implementation of the wage bond policy, which seeks to protect workers’ wages in an industry where exploitation is rampant. 

 

Your support for nail salon owners is extraordinarily troubling in light of the history of violations in the city’s salons.  As the New York Times reported recently:

 

In August, the state’s inspected 182 salons and found 901 violations. So far, the state has confirmed that 43 percent of the salons failed to pay minimum wage or overtime, a state spokesman said. And at 87 percent of the salons visited, employees were not given pay stubs; 61 percent of employers said they kept no payroll records. 

 

Rather than stand up for nail salon workers in your district and the rest of New York, the vast majority of whom are Asian and Latina immigrant women, your statements have supported the business owners’ absurd claim that they exploit workers because they are unaware of wage laws, stating that owners didn’t realize that they needed to keep records of employees wages. Defending employers who pretend not to know that they are supposed to pay minimum wage and overtime is inexcusable, especially from a legislator who claims to be on the side of working families.

 

Clearly, the owners have organized to stall the implementation of these regulations and facilitate their continued exploitation of immigrant workers.  The owners’ associations are pushing the argument that the bonds are inaccessible for small businesses and too expensive for large ones, but this is simply untrue. According to the Governor’s office, 98 percent of the 694 wage bond applications that were processed were approved.  In other words, businesses that have tried to get the bond have been able to; and the Governor’s office has repeatedly stressed their willingness to meet with salon owners who are unable to secure wage bonds.

 

For workers, the stakes here are extraordinarily high.  Marta U., a single mother from Jackson Heights, worked eleven-hour shifts five days a week for over five years in a Long Island salon and has experienced wage theft in her salon.

 

When I had my newborn, I had no option but to leave my baby with a babysitter and work out of necessity, sacrificing time with my family, and to not be paid what is owed to me is not right,” she said. “There should be protections for us. This is abuse. “

 

As you know, the climate of exploitation in nail salons goes far beyond failure to pay wages.  Workers are breathing toxic fumes which cause cancer and reproductive problems, discriminated against based on their race, and marginalized in jobs where they are fired and blacklisted if they complain. In Marta’s salon,the owner would force the worker to give clients massages on their feet without gloves, despite clients having visible skin issues, such as fungus.  When she caught an infection on her hands, the manager responded by saying, “Oh, it’s nothing; stop crying.”

 

While the employers themselves claim discrimination, it’s particularly telling that they have hired a massive top-dollar, management/union-busting law firm, FordHarrison, to present their position.  As stated on the firm’s website:

FordHarrison is highly experienced in defending employers in wage-and-hour lawsuits, including collective actions, and representing employers in Department of Labor investigations. FordHarrison has defended employers in hundreds of wage-and-hour lawsuits involving a broad range of industries, including health care, cable installation, manufacturing, hospitality, security, retail, and others. FordHarrison's experience in this area covers a broad range of wage-and-hour issues such as off-the-clock work, employee misclassification, tip credit, and FLSA coverage to name a few.

In other words, the employers’ associations that you are defending hired a law firm that actively defends employers who have stolen wages from their workers. Does that sound like a pro-worker position to you?

 

We call on you to keep the focus on improving conditions for all New York nail salon workers.  Support the wage bond and support the immigrant workers and their families who are relying on your leadership.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Charlene Obernauer, Executive Director

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)

212-227-6440 ext 15

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